Music GCSE: Franz Liszt, symphonic poems and orchestral music
In this short film Howard Goodall profiles Franz Liszt and developments in 19th century music, including his innovations with themes of death and destiny.
We see his long term impact on other composers such as Claude Debussy and Danny Elfman.
Includes performances of Liszt's Grand galop chromatique, Fountains of the Villa D'Este, Prometheus, Hunnenschlacht, and Debussy's Gardens in the rain.
This short film is from the BBC series, Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Students could use this short film as part of their studies of romanticism and the history of western music.
Follow-on work could include tracking how Liszt's innovations, in particular his symphonic poems and programme music, influenced later composers such as Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss.
It may also provoke composition work based on an image, story or character.
This short film will be useful for teaching music, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.